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Clark County's economy grows by 4,800 jobs

4:41 p.m. April 22
Annualized growth rate of 3.5 percent outpace both state and nation

Clark County’s economy expanded by 4,800 jobs in the 12 months ending in March.

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Pac Paper acquired by Packaging Dynamics

By The Columbian April 21, 2014 4:49 p.m.

Vancouver-based Pac Paper Inc., a family-owned paper products company best known for its Java Jacket sleeves for coffee cups, has been acquired by Packaging Dynamics Corp., a company owned by the Kohlberg & Company private investment firm.

U.S. economy gets boost from warmer weather

By PAUL WISEMAN and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press April 21, 2014 4:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Spring’s thaw is reviving the economy, too.

Lottery for pot retail licenses being held this week

By Associated Press April 21, 2014 11:07 a.m.

OLYMPIA — A lottery is being held this week for 334 licenses the state of Washington plans to issue for the recreational marijuana stores.

Working in Clark County: Animal Behaviorist Carmen LeBlanc

By Mary Ricks April 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Carmen LeBlanc, once a newspaper reporter, wishes she'd started her second career earlier. After she took her dog to an obedience class, she found herself learning how to teach people to train animals. That made her want to learn more, so LeBlanc went back to school and got a master's degree in animal behavior. "It is most rewarding to bring an animal through the behavior process," she says.Name: Carmen LeBlanc.

Late-night snacking pays for Jack

By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times April 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Jack, the round-headed fictional chief executive in Jack in the Box commercials, is not only a hit on television. He’s also popular on Wall Street.

Business group sponsors talk by goal-setting coach

By The Columbian April 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Patricia Zamboni Coash, a Vancouver productivity coach who helped develop the Aushi Mizani method, will give a talk on April 30 on her step-by-step program aimed at achieving a balanced life and greater levels of success.

Seattle minimum wage talk heats up

By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press April 20, 2014 5:31 p.m.

SEATTLE — As the drumbeat for a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle grew louder last year following the election of a Socialist City Councilmember and a new mayor, the business community remained fairly quiet.

Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

April 20, 2014 5:03 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

Relief sought on student loans

By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

BALTIMORE — Janice Peete-Bey didn't stay long at the Baltimore trade school where she enrolled 25 years ago, leaving after the class seemed useless. But the student loan debt from her non-education haunts her to this day.

Clark County Business Briefing

April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

A weekly listing of business accomplishments and events in Clark County.

Clark County economic recovery begins to clock in

By Gordon Oliver April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Ever since the Great Recession was declared officially over on Sept. 20, 2010, economists have talked about the slow pace of recovery in comparison to past recessions. In Clark County, where a largely middle-income, commuter-driven economy took a deeper dive than most in the Portland metropolitan area, it sometimes felt like the rising tide of that slow recovery would never raise our boats.

Twitter to acquire data partner, microblogging service Gnip

By Sarah Frier, Bloomberg News April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter is buying longtime partner Gnip, seeking to offer more insight into trends, breaking news and other data from the tweets generated by the 241 million users of the microblogging service.

Analysis: Women's employment resilient during recessions

By Los Angeles Times April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Women’s employment during economic recessions is more resilient than men’s, even expanding during previous recessions, according to a new analysis by a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics economist.

Defrosting negative public view

By CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Frozen foods are about to get some badly needed image therapy.

App makers race to keep up with updates, trends

By Andrew Wyrich, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Smartphone application developers say they are challenged by the glut of apps as well as the need to update their software to keep up with evolving phone technology, making creative pricing strategies essential to finding their niche.